Felipe Melo to Arsenal Still Possible as Juventus-Fiorentina Talks Stall

Ryan KusyContributor IIJuly 9, 2009

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28:  Felipe Melo and Gilberto Silva of Brazil celebrate during the 2009 Confederations Cup final match between Brazil and USA from Ellis Park on June 28, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Juventus recently offered Fiorentina €20 million and Marco Marchionni for midfielder Felipe Melo. The deal was supposedly accepted by Fiorentina, yet talks have broken down and stalled for the past two days and haven't appeared to improve.

The stumbling block has been Marchionni's wage demands. His agent has stated, "We only asked for €200,000 (£173,000) more than the amount Marco earns at Juventus, but Fiorentina wouldn't agree. It's a pity."

Fiorentina are refusing to pay these demands, and Marchionni is standing firm with his desired wage increase.

Although this could seem like a small stumbling block before the deal goes through, it could also prove to be just the time Arsenal need to lodge an improved bid for the Brazilian man.

It was reported that Arsenal were only willing to offer €14 million plus Emmanuel Eboue for Melo, which was lower than their asking price. Now, with talks stopped, Arsenal could swoop back in and try to take Melo back.

It might be a long shot, but lodging another bid for clearly the best defensive midfielder left on the market couldn't hurt.

I'll update this if any more news arrives about the situation in the next day or so.